Chemical incident at Gordon farm

WHAT was described by the Fire Service as “a chemical incident” required firefighters to attend at Greenknowe Farm just outside Gordon on Monday night.

The Fire Service received reports of a tractor on fire in a farm shed just after 9.40pm and there were concerns that the flames could spread to containers of immonium nitrate fertilizer which were close to the vehicle.

Firefighters from Kelso were first on the scene and specialist crews were called in from Galashiels and Livingston as the emergency service declared the outbreak a chemical incident and a 100-metre cordon was put in place.

Crews contained the run-off after consultation with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

Officials from the environment agency examined the scene of the fire on Tuesday morning.

The blaze was extinguished just after midnight. The cause is understood to have been an electrical fault.